Here’s Your 2014 Holiday Itinerary:

PLAN YOUR GETAWAY AT THE COOLEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN THE SOUTHWEST

With the opening of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants and the return of the annual Festival of Lights, Moody Gardens has officially become the coolest holiday destination in the Southwest.

With so many attractions to enjoy, the Moody Gardens Value Passes have been a popular choice among guests. For just $59.95, visitors get entry into ICE LAND, Festival of Lights, Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Museum, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. Those wanting to make a weekend visit can also purchase a Two-Day Value Pass for $79.95 and get unlimited entry to everything Moody Gardens has to offer.

So what’s the best schedule if you are planning a vacation to Moody Gardens? Here is a sample itinerary to make sure you don’t miss a thing:

DAY 1

» 9-9:45 a.m. Breakfast at Moody Brews
Located in the main lobby of the hotel, Moody Brews offers a full line of Starbucks beverages, grab-and-go menu items, retail products, free WiFi, laptop work stations and comfortable seating.

» 10-11 a.m. Rainforest Pyramid
Take a tour of the 10-story glass pyramid that is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. You will experience rainforest life from around the world and encounter free-roaming animals, like the cotton-top tamarins and saki monkeys.

» 11:05-11:35 a.m. Discover the Ice Age
Travel back in time to discover a frigid world, covered in ice and occupied by mammoths, saber-toothed cats, cave people and more. The exhibit features life-sized animatronic animals and real fossils within the Discovery Pyramid.

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» 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch at Café in the Park at the Moody Gardens Hotel

» 1:30-2 p.m. ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants
Enjoy the coolest new attraction to date when you visit ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants. Being the only holiday ice exhibition on the Gulf Coast, this is a vast and amazing display of 900 tons of towering SpongeBob SquarePants-themed ice creations.

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» 2:15-4:30 p.m. Deep Tissue Massage at the Spa and 9 Holes at the Moody Gardens Golf Course
Send the little ones to a Kid’s Crew activity provided throughout the weekend by the Moody Gardens Hotel and relax at The Spa or play a round of golf at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

» 5-6 p.m. Festival of Lights Buffet at the Garden Restaurant for Dinner

» 6-6:15 p.m. Pictures with Santa
Be sure to stop by Santa’s Village in the Visitor’s Center lobby and get your picture with Santa Claus!

» 6:15-6:45 p.m. Gingerbread Gardens
Build your own Gingerbread House with the family inside the Visitor’s Center lobby.

» 7-8 p.m. Festival of Lights
Enjoy the mile-long trail of over one million lights and 100 animated displays that winds through the beautiful Moody Gardens property. This is a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss!

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» 8-8:30 p.m. Ice Rink
Grab some rental skates and enjoy the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.

Day 2

» 8:45-9:45 a.m. Breakfast at Café in the Park

» 10-10:50 a.m. Aquarium Pyramid
Visit four distinct ocean environments in the largest Moody Gardens Pyramid that includes seals, sea lions, sharks, thousands of fish and more than 90 penguins.

» 11-11:45 a.m. Penguin Encounter
Get up close and personal with a penguin during this 45-minute program that takes guests behind the scenes.

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» 12-12:45 p.m. Lunch at the Aquarium Pyramid Food Court

» 1-2 p.m. Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
Take a cruise around Offatts Bayou on this 1800s-style paddlewheel boat.

» 2:30-3 p.m. 4D Special FX Theater
Engage your senses in this theater as you encounter a 20-minute adaptation of Rio 4D or Polar Express 4D.

» 3:15-3:45 p.m. Arctic Ice Slide
Take a slide down this Texas-sized ice slide located outside the Visitor’s Center.

» 4-4:45 p.m. Sky Trail® Explorer Ropes Course
Challenge your agility, balance and strength as you encounter the new five-tier Ropes Course. Children 48 inches and under can also take on an adventure of a smaller scale on the Sky Tykes™ Ropes Course.

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» 4:45-5 p.m. Moody Gardens Zip Line
Snap into the harness, step to the edge of the zip line platform and glide over Palm Beach and the Lazy River 60 feet in the air for a bird’s eye view of the Moody Gardens Pyramids and tropical gardens.

» 5:15-6:15 p.m. Dinner at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks

» 6:40-8 p.m. MG 3D Theater
Finish out the day watching some holiday favorites, such as Light Before Christmas 3D and Santa vs. Snowman 3D, in the newly enhanced MG 3D Theater featuring the world’s first giant screen 6p laser projector and the largest screen in Texas.

Moody Gardens Hotel Packages

hotel packagesThe Moody Gardens Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Galveston for a variety of reasons—one of which is our value-priced hotel packages. We understand our guests want to experience a great vacation without busting the bank! Check out our great hotel packages that make your dream vacation affordable.

 

Explore Moody Gardens

This package includes a room in the hotel and two-day value passes for the Moody Gardens attractions. The value passes include admittance into the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Moody Gardens 3D Theater, Ridefilm Theater, Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, and Palm Beach (summer season). The package also includes complimentary valet parking and yoga on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sunday-Thursday

  • Double Occupancy $268
  • Triple Occupancy $317
  • Quadruple Occupancy $365

 

Friday-Saturday

  • Double Occupancy $291
  • Triple Occupancy $340
  • Quadruple Occupancy $388

 

Romantic Rendezvous

This romantic package includes a stay in one of our popular Jacuzzi suites for two. The package also comes with a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a rose delivered upon arrival, a delicious breakfast for two either in your room or at the Terrace Restaurant, complimentary valet parking, and complimentary yoga on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Daily

  • $398

 

Honeymoon Package

For newlyweds. we offer a luxurious room for two! The package includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a rose upon arrival, breakfast in your room or at the Terrace Restaurant, and complimentary yoga and valet parking.

 

Sunday-Thursday

  • $277

Friday-Saturday

  • $300

 

Stay and Play Golf Package

For the golf lover! This package includes a luxurious room with your choice of one king bed or two queen beds. When you aren’t enjoying your luxurious room, you will be spending time on the green! The package also includes a round of golf at the Moody Gardens Golf Course (per person), a golf cart, and a bucket of range balls. Be sure to book your tee time before arrival. They can be booked 45 days in advance.

 

Monday-Thursday

  • Single Occupancy $224
  • Double Occupancy $275
  • Triple Occupancy $327
  • Quadruple Occupancy $379

Friday-Sunday

  • Single Occupancy $270
  • Double Occupancy $344
  • Triple Occupancy $419
  • Quadruple Occupancy $494

 

Contact the hotel’s reservation department to book your package today! Call 1-888-388-8484.

A Look at Moody Gardens Golf Course

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Galveston’s premier public golf course is open seven days a week for both residents and island visitors! After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, the Moody Gardens Golf Course is better than ever, and providing improved holes and better course flow. Read on for more information on some of our special rates, booking a tee time online, and even planning your own tournament.

 

Rates: We currently have a quite a few specials going on at the Moody Gardens Golf Course!

  • 5 for 5: Play 5 holes after 4 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, Friday or Sunday for only $10, including the cart. (Usually after 5 p.m., but changes seasonally)
  • Senior Rise and Shine Special: Seniors 65 and older can play before 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for only $20, Including cart
  • $9 for 9 Holes: Play 9 holes starting between 8 and 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday for only $9 including cart
  • Wednesday Ladies Day: Every Wednesday ladies play for only $20 including cart
  • Family Golf Sunday: After 3 p.m. kids 18 and under play FREE with a paid adult round for only $20
  • Limited time offer: Buy a round of golf and get a free cart and bucket of range balls. Claim your offer here

 

Book Your Tee Time Online: Booking your tee time at Moody Gardens Golf Course is now easier than ever! Simply click here and make your reservations. Be sure to book your tee time up to seven days in advance.

 

Plan a Tournament: Plan your own tournament with friends, or create an event for charity! At Moody Gardens Golf Course, we have three great tournament packages for you to choose from including the Rise and Shine Early Bird Package, Player’s Choice Plus Package, and the Grab It and Go Golfing package. The packages are $81-$89 dollars a person. Click here for more information.

 

Book your Moody Gardens Golf Course tee time today, and enjoy a round of golf with the Gulf as your backdrop. Don’t forget to check out the other attractions provided by Moody Gardens such as the 3D Theater and Aquarium Pyramid.

Moody Gardens Offers Fun For the Whole Family

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Moody Gardens is the perfect place for an entire family vacation, or even just a daylong adventure. Here at Moody Gardens, every member of your family will find something fun and interesting to entertain them.

 

The Moody Gardens Attractions, from the Aquarium Pyramid to the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, provide enough fun for everyone in the family. Kids will love getting up close with the penguins in the Penguin Encounter! For the adventurous family members, don’t miss out on catching a movie and a ride at the Ridefilm Theater. The technology of the Ridefilm Theater literally makes you feel like you are a part of the action!

 

Parents who are looking for a romantic evening on the water should book reservations for the dinner cruise on Colonel Paddlewheel Boat on the second Saturday of each month! Enjoy a delicious dinner and live entertainment while getting some time alone together. Please make your reservation by the Wednesday before the scheduled dinner cruise at 1-800-582-4673, ex. 4419.

 

The whole family will enjoy one of the most authentic rainforest recreations at the Rainforest Pyramid. The walk-in butterfly exhibit is one of Moody Gardens most beloved features, and enjoyable for family members from one to one hundred. Not only are the Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids entertaining, they also provide educational opportunities by teaching visitors about the nature that lives within the habitats.

 

When the gang gets hungry, there are plenty of dining options here at Moody Gardens. Choose from The Gardens Restaurant, or in the Moody Gardens Hotel there is The Terrace Restaurant, Shearn’s Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Pool Bar, and Blossom. Don’t forget that your kids can eat free at The Terrace Restaurant when you’re staying at the Moody Gardens Hotel!

 

When Mom and Dad are ready to unwind, don’t miss out on our special deals for the Moody Gardens Golf Course and the Spa at Moody Gardens! We look forward to seeing you and the whole family soon!

 

Tee Off on the Tropical Golf Course

Golf with us at Galveston’s premier golf course! The Moody Gardens Golf Course features a $16 million renovation by the renowned golf course architects of Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design. New turf grass, elevations, drainage, irrigation, green complexes, and cart paths were all included in the renovation. The clubhouse also had a full makeover!

 

The playing surfaces are kept in top condition with a new irrigation system and water treatment system. The high quality water makes for a high quality course. Along the 18 holes, golfers will experience lowland native areas, natural wetlands, and over 500 palm trees, creating the famous tropical feel.

 

This first-class public golf course is open seven days a week for local residents and visitors to the island. Not only are the course and clubhouse renovated but other new amenities include a larger driving range, a new golf cart fleet, and a remodeled pro shop. After a nice round of golf, guests can enjoy a meal on The Pelican Grille’s clubhouse patio.

 

The Moody Gardens Golf Course is a great way to spend your vacation by the water without having to worry about the hassles of getting to the beach. You won’t encounter crowded beaches, kids running around, or have to worry about the temperature of the water. Swing your club, feel the cool sea breeze, and enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Coast. Tee time at the Tropical Golf Course is the perfect addition to any vacation.

 

Don’t miss out on our special offer at the Moody Gardens Golf Course. For a limited time you can receive a free cart and bucket of range balls with the purchase of a round of golf! Make your next weekend trip to Moody Gardens, and enjoy a round of golf in Galveston. When you aren’t swinging clubs on the course, take advantage of our special deal at the Spa at Moody Gardens in the Moody Gardens Hotel. When you buy one Swedish massage, you’ll get one free!

Why You Should Throw Your Holiday Party at Moody Gardens Golf Course

Planning to throw a fantastic holiday party this season? Want it to be one that people can’t forget? Would you prefer someone else to do the decorating, cooking, and cleaning? Then you should throw your holiday party at Moody Gardens! The Moody Gardens Golf Course banquet room is perfect for creating the ultimate holiday party. We can bring the holiday spirit to all of your guests! Read on to find out why you should throw your party with us:

 

Choose from two different holiday party packages at Moody Gardens Golf Course:

Texas Two-Step Celebration: This party package includes a BBQ buffet featuring sliced brisket and sausage, baked beans, potato salad, and Texas toast. Price is $35 per guest.

Yuletide Fiesta: Upgrade to a beef and chicken fajita buffet featuring southwest pinto beans, Spanish rice, peppers and onions, flour tortillas, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. The Yuletide Fiesta package is $40 a person.

Each buffet includes cookies for dessert; iced tea, water, and 2 drink tickets for beer, wine, and soft drinks.

We cater and provide a full bar service for your parties. Our experienced and professional event staff will take care of all your needs from set-up to clean up. Our banquet room can seat up to 80 people and there is on site free parking. Talk about stress-free party planning!

All prices are inclusive, and there is a 20-person minimum. For more information contact Anja Borski at 409.683.1200 or aborski@moodygardensgolf.com.

Moody Gardens Hotel and Attraction is the perfect holiday destination for events in Galveston with our holiday lights festival. Start planning your holiday party with us today, and hurry, because rooms will get booked quickly.

Don’t miss out on our special holiday offer. Receive a Festival of Lights Arctic Package for only $17. We also have special holiday deals going on at the Moody Gardens Golf Course and the Spa at Moody Gardens!

Moody Gardens Golf Course: November Specials

Tee off with some great specials this November at the Moody Gardens Golf Course!
*Prices shown are Per Person, Include Cart

Military Appreciation in November
Show Active or Retired Military ID
$20 Anytime Mon-Fri & After 1pm Sat-Sun

$20 Ladies’ Day Wednesdays

Family Golf Sundays
Kids 18 & Under FREE
w/Paid Adult Round after 3pm
Adults Play for Just $20*
*Only Valid if Golfing w/ 18 & under

$10 for 5 Holes After 4pm
Valid Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun

$20 Senior Rise and Shine
Seniors 65+, Before 10am Tues & Thurs

$9 for 9 Holes
Start Between 8-9am, Mon-Thurs

Specials are subject to availability.
Not valid Nov. 22-23, 2012
Must call for tee time reservations.

 CALL 409-683-4653

 

Introducing Golf Tips

Crisp mornings and breezy afternoons combine to create the perfect recipe for wonderful fall weather. No wonder this is considered peak golf season at the Moody Gardens Golf Course! With that in mind, we want to encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful weather by playing a little golf. As a special treat, we are starting a new feature called Golf Tips where Rick Christ, our head golf professional, will share some quick tips to improve your game. Rick has been playing golf for approximately 45 years. So, without further ado, here is our first Golf Tip:

Chip Shot:  For any newbies, a chip shot is when you play right off the green and are trying to get the ball onto the green and as close to the hole as possible. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are faced with your next chip shot:

  • Use a 7 or 8 iron
  • Use very little body movement
  • Keep wrists straight

Watch the following video for more tips and to see Rick demonstrate a chip shot:

Don’t you just love the sound of the golf club hitting the ball?

Do you have suggestions for what the next Golf Tip should be? Don’t be shy, use the comments section below to leave us suggestions, questions or simply say hi. Thanks for reading/watching!